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Apple of my Eye

CRUNCH – that’s the sound of a crisp apple! There’s really nothing so yummy as biting into a juicy, flavor-packed Washington apple, no matter which variety you like. With so many exciting varieties of local apples, it’s fun to do an apple tasting with friends and family.

We love them au naturel, dipped into peanut butter or yogurt, or drizzled with honey. But they’re also great to cook with, lending themselves to both sweet and savory dishes.

How about a serving of my Slow-Braised Pork Pot Roast with Apples & Onions, so great for a warming winter meal… or how about a generous helping of luscious apple butter smoothed over cinnamon toast for a wonderful wake-me-up in the morning?

I think my absolute favorite thing other than crunching one fresh from the tree is a homemade apple pie. Nothing scents a house better than baking a fresh pie…. hungry now?

They say an apple a day can keep the doctor away – and that may be true – especially because they are a high fiber, low calorie snack rich in vitamins and antioxidants.


Washington Apple-Cranberry Tart with Walnut Crust & Cranberry Semifreddo
(Photo from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table)

So check out the amazing varieties of apples and try some of my tasty recipes like Washington Apple Cranberry Tart with Walnut Crust and Cranberry Semifreddo – just perfect for a holiday dessert. – Kathy

Slow-Braised Pork Pot Roast with Apples & Onions
Gala apples are used in this recipe for their superior, firm texture when cooking. If Gala apples are not available, try to find Fujis, which also work well.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

1 (2 1/2-pound) boneless pork shoulder or butt roast
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 Gala apples, each cut in 8 chunks
1 large onion, cut in 16 chunks
2 large sprigs fresh thyme
6 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon caraway seeds, optional
1/3 cup raspberry or white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar

Preheat an oven to 350°F.

Pat dry the pork roast and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Place apples, onion, thyme, and garlic in a small roasting pan and set the pork roast on top. Sprinkle with the caraway seeds.

Mix together the vinegar and sugar until the sugar is dissolved, then pour it around the pork.

Place the pork in the oven and roast, uncovered, for 1 hour. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and continue roasting for about 1 1/2 hours more, until the pork is fork-tender. The total roasting time will be about 2 1/2 hours.

Recipe from Dishing with Kathy Casey.

Posted by Kathy Casey on November 30th, 2012  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Fruit, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, dessert, meats

Savory Bite-Sized Morsels: Sliders!

Good things do come in small packages; sliders are a tasty example of that testament. These two-bite (sometimes one-bite!) wonders are popping up everywhere from restaurant menus to food trucks!

If you’re a slider fan and want to make them at home, don’t worry! They are super-simple to make. Belltown’s Macrina Bakery makes fresh, little slider-sized buns and there are grocery store mini-bun options and alternatives, too.

Lamb Sliders

Lamb sliders!
(Photo from Kathy Casey’s Sips & Apps, Chronicle Books – Angie Norwood Browne)

Lamb, salmon, buffalo, tuna, sliced steak … anything gourmet burgers can do, sliders can do. They aren’t your average burgers and flavor combos are endless from barbecue pulled pork on ’slaw to deep-fried clam fritters with a citrus aioli.

For your next get-together, set-up a DIY slider bar. Put out a few different mini-patties, some great local mini-buns, and lots of fun condiments – spicy chipotle mayo, horseradish aioli, blue cheese, tarragon mustard, pickled red onions, zingy slaw, and even grilled pineapple – yum!

For the last days of summer, think small and dish out big flavor with sliders! -Kathy

Lamb Sliders with Zingy Spread and Arugula & Roasted Peppers
I also like to top the hot burgers with dollops of soft goat cheese for a tasty variation.

Makes 16

Zingy Spread
3/4 cup mayonnaise, or use 3/8 cup mayonnaise and 3/8 cup plain yogurt
1 1/2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

Burger Mixture
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
3 tablespoons minced onion
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 pounds ground lamb, or substitute beef

Accompaniments
16 small slider buns
Thinly sliced red or sweet onions
Roasted peppers, cut in strips
Baby arugula

To make the spread: Mix the ingredients together well. Cover and refrigerate, for up to 2 days, until needed.

To make the burger mixture: In a bowl, mix the pepper, mustard, rosemary, onion, garlic, vinegar, and salt. Mix in the lamb until thoroughly combined. Divide the mixture into 16 portions. Shape into patties, about 2 inches in diameter.

Heat a medium or large nonstick skillet or sauté pan over medium-high to high heat. Working in batches without crowding the pan, sauté the patties until just done, about 2 -3 minutes per side. (You can also grill the patties)

If you want to serve the buns warm, wrap them in aluminum foil and reheat in a 375-degree F oven.

To serve, split the buns and spread with the Zingy Spread. Place the patties on buns and top with onions, roasted peppers and arugula as desired. Close the burgers and secure with picks.

Recipe adapted from; Kathy Casey Sips & Apps, Chronicle Books

Posted by Kathy Casey on September 14th, 2012  |  Add Comment |  Posted in KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, meats, other, sides

Mouth-Watering, Sizzlin’ Steaks

Nothing beats the sound and aroma of a sizzling steak on the grill, cooked to perfection. On summer days/nights in the Northwest, everything tastes better cooked on the grill. Fire up the grill because it’s time to talk steak!

First, always let your steaks come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Then pat it dry and season both sides well. A great seasoning, marinade or rub is the best way to add flavor. For purists, salt and pepper and a swipe of olive oil can be all your steaks need. I like to jazz my steak up with a great seasoning like my Dish D’Lish French Seasoning.

Steak toppings are another great way to enhance the flavor of a steak, such as grilled onions and sexy gorgonzola cheese. If your yard is full of little cherry tomatoes, try skewering them, grilling then tossing with a splash of balsamic, EVOO, fresh basil and some minced garlic – then add just a pinch of sea salt. Now that’s a great summer steak topper!

Be sure to pre-heat your grill before throwing on your meat and always use tongs to flip the steak. Using a fork pierces the meat, making it easier to lose all those delicious juices to the burning coals.


D’lish steaks!

(Photo courtesy of MensHealth.com)

Once the steak is on the grill, leave it be! The less fidgeting and flipping you do to your steak, the better. All you want is to get a nice sear going on each side.

Pull it off before you think it’s done. Don’t worry! The steak will keep cooking for a few minutes, even when pulled off from the heat. Then let your steak rest a few minutes before serving for the meat to reabsorb all that juicy goodness!

IMPORANT: Enjoy your steak with yummy sides, a great bottle of Washington wine, and your favorite friends and family!

So show that steak who’s the boss and be a grill master! -Kathy

Savory Grilled Steak with Sweet Onions and Gorgonzola
This quick and easy preparation uses one of my favorite products – Demitri’s Extra Horseradish Bloody Mary Seasoning. Yes it’s great in a Bloody Mary – of course – but equally delicious as a steak marinade. It’s super easy! (Demitri’s can be found at well stocked grocery stores or online at www.Demitris.com.)

Makes 4 servings

4 steaks, such as New York, flat iron or tenderloin
1/2 cup Demitri’s Extra Horseradish Bloody Mary Seasoning
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2 large sweet onions, sliced in 1-inch-thick rounds
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled (about 2 ounces)

Horseradish Steak Drizzle
1/4 cup Demitri’s Extra Horseradish Bloody Mary Seasoning
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil

Garnish: coarsely chopped fresh basil

To marinate the steak: Trim the meat of any outer pieces of fat and silverskin. Put the steaks in a large re-sealable plastic bag. Pour the 1/2 cup of Demitri’s seasoning into the bag, press out any air, and then seal the bag. Move the meat around in the bag to coat well. Marinate, refrigerated, for at least 1 hour or preferably overnight, turning the bag a few times.

To make the Horseradish Steak Drizzle: Mix ingredients together. Cover and set aside.

To grill the meat: Preheat a grill to high. Drizzle the steaks and onions with a little olive oil and lightly season steak with salt and pepper. Grill steaks to the desired doneness. The grilling time will vary, depending on the heat of the grill and the thickness of the meat. Remove steak to a plate to rest for about 5 minutes before serving, allowing juices to settle. Top with cheese so that it starts to melt. Meanwhile, grill the onions till tender and nicely grill marked.

Serve the steaks topped with onions and drizzled with Horseradish Steak Drizzle.

Recipe created by Kathy Casey Food Studios® for Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning

Posted by Kathy Casey on August 17th, 2012  |  Add Comment |  Posted in KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, meats

National Food Month

Well who knew – but April is National Food Month here in the US!  So let’s talk about our favorite things to cook at home.

We all have our go-to and must-have recipes from the All-American mac & cheese and Filipino lumpia to handmade Mexican tamales.

As a chef, I see LOTS of food in my everyday life from product testing to client recipe development to creative ideation sessions. Some might think it would be hard for me to pick a dish or two and deem it as my all-time-fave. Hands down, it’s no contest to what meal soars above the rest – and makes me feel all cozy inside!

Just back from a trip to Ukraine and tired from the long, long trip, my husband John picked me me up from the airport and took us home. As soon as I opened the door, I smelled the deliciousness – could it be? Really? My favorite Slow-Cooked Pot Roast with Half a Bottle of Wine and 20 Cloves of Garlic?!?!  What a welcome home! My favorite dish, so d’lish cozied up to fluffy mashed potatoes; now this is my comfort food!  For those of you that know us well you also know this could have been some sort of miracle: John is not one who loves to cook. As a matter of fact, this is the first time in all these years that he cooked a full on dinner for me. And it was delicious! The recipe is from my favorite cookbook the now out of print Dishing with Kathy Casey. I said, “John, wow! This is perfectly cooked.” To which he replied, “Well this is the first time that I’ve ever made one of your recipes and they really are easy to follow.” Thanks John … for a wonderful and heartfelt welcome home!

What are some of your favorite must-have dishes/recipes and family favorites? I would love to hear them. So celebrate National Food Month and gather around the table with family and friends!  -Kathy

Dishing with Kathy Casey - Pot Roast
Photo from Dishing with Kathy Casey.

Sunday Slow-Cooked Roast Beef with Half a Bottle of Wine and 20 Cloves of Garlic

Makes 6 to 8 generous servings

1 (3- to 3 1/2-pound) beef chuck roast
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 large onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
1/2 bottle (about 1 1/2 cups) red wine
3 tablespoons flour
20 cloves garlic, peeled
5 sprigs fresh thyme
4 carrots, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
4 stalks celery, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil, optional

Preheat an oven to 325°F.

With paper towels, pat the roast dry. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof Dutch oven over high heat until hot.

Rub the roast with salt and pepper. Place in the hot pan and sear on all sides until well browned. Remove the meat to a platter. Add the onion wedges and mushrooms to the pan and stir around for a few minutes, then tuck the roast back into the pan, pulling the onion and mushroom mixture up from under the roast.

Whisk together the wine and flour until smooth and add to the roasting pan, along with the garlic and thyme. Bring to a simmer, then cover and transfer the pan to the oven.

Roast for about 2 hours. Add the carrots and celery and continue to roast for 1/2 hour to 1 hour, or until meat is fork-tender.

Stir the basil into the sauce.

Cut roast into thick slices or large chunks, depending on your preference, and serve with the sauce drizzled over it.

Chef’s Tips:
If the sauce is not thick enough, make a cornstarch slurry using 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water. Whisk the slurry into the simmering sauce, a little at a time, until the desired thickness is reached.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

Posted by Kathy Casey on April 5th, 2012  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Books to Cook, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, meats

Pork–a–licious

Almost everybody I know loves pork to some capacity. It’s one of the most versatile meats in the world. Different cultures cook up this succulent protein in a multitude of ways from Cuban pulled pork sandwiches to crispy pork belly topped burgers to Southern BBQ and more.

In the last few years, there has been a pork resurgence (almost along the lines of a cult-like status!) with specialty pig dinners, porky books, charcuterie classes… the list goes on and on and on.

One of my favorite restaurants is down in New Orleans. If you’re a true pork lover, this is a must go-to place! Cochon (it’s French for “pig”) serves up a great spicy grilled pork ribs with homemade watermelon pickle, smoked ham hock with red beans & rice and a truly mouthwatering Louisiana cochon with turnips, cabbage and cracklins. This is the ultimate piggy heaven!

Even one of my friends told me that her daughter declared herself as a “baco-tarian:” she doesn’t eat any meat, poultry, fish or other animal products EXCEPT bacon! Vegetarians and vegans, stand back – this is not my idea at all! I am only reporting the facts.

Bacon Freak

Don’t forget that there is also the whole bacon surge: specialty bacons, vodka, salt, baconaise

One of my favorite ways to cook pork is to slow-braise it in an oven with Gala apples, onions and fresh herbs. A fantastic meal worth the wait!

Here’s to piggin’ out on delectable pork! –Kathy

Slow-Braised Pork Pot Roast with Apples & Onions
Gala apples are used in this recipe for their superior, firm texture when cooking. If Gala apples are not available, try to find Fujis, which also work well.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

1 (2 1/2-pound) boneless pork shoulder or butt roast
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 Gala apples, each cut in 8 chunks
1 large onion, cut in 16 chunks
2 large sprigs fresh thyme
6 cloves garlic
1 tsp caraway seeds, optional
1/3 cup raspberry or white wine vinegar
3 Tbsps sugar

Preheat an oven to 350°F.

Pat dry the pork roast and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Place apples, onion, thyme, and garlic in a small roasting pan and set the pork roast on top. Sprinkle with the caraway seeds.

Mix together the vinegar and sugar until the sugar is dissolved, then pour it around the pork.

Place the pork in the oven and roast, uncovered, for 1 hour. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and continue roasting for about 1 1/2 hours more, until the pork is fork-tender. The total roasting time will be about 2 1/2 hours.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

Posted by Kathy Casey on March 15th, 2012  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Foodie News, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes, meats

The Seattle Times

If you’re looking for other great tips, techniques and advice as well as recipes for a fantastic Thanksgiving Day feast, check out the annual Seattle Times’ holiday guide written by Nancy Leson. This guide along with the recipes features a lot of tips and tricks from Seattle chefs and restauranteurs (including myself!), with all sorts of appetizers, entrees, sides and even desserts! Check it out for a d’lish read and try out some of the recipes yourself; you’ll have your guests asking for more in no time!

Savory Slow Cooking

With autumn arriving and the weather turning cooler, it instinctively feels like the right time to dust off the crock pot and start enjoying some delicious, slow-cooked meals.

Slow cooking can be achieved a bunch of different ways: in a slow cooker or crock pot; low simmered on the stove top; or low and slow in the oven. One of the best things about slow cooker dishes is that they are the perfect way to utilize tougher cuts of meat, which are typically big-flavored, but easy on the wallet. Think juicy brisket, flavorful chili or a delicious curry.

With busy fall schedules, work, school activities, shorter days and holiday planning, a slow cooked meal popped in the crock pot before you head out for your day can be just what the chilly weather ordered. And crock pot cuisine has evolved – it’s not just a pork roast and a can of soup these days. Today, it’s Chili & Lime Slow Cooked Pork with Red Onion Escabeche and Warm Tortillas for an easy weeknight nosh. With a little planning, you can put the crock pot on in the morning and have dinner ready to go when you get home.

And the best part? Slow-cooked dishes are even better reheated because the ingredients have had extra time to get to know each other. Yummy leftovers are always welcome!

So turn on your crock pot and let dinner simmer away while you enjoy your autumn!
–Kathy

Chili & Lime Slow-Cooked Pork with Red Onion Escabeche and Warm Tortillas

Makes 6 hearty servings

Pork
1/4 cup chili powder
1 Tbsp coriander seed, crushed
1 Tbsp salt
1 boneless pork butt (shoulder), about 3 pounds, cut into 2 pieces
2 large tomatoes, chopped
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 cup fresh lime juice

Escabeche
2 large carrots, julienned
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 Tbsps corn or other vegetable oil
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro (about 1 bunch)
1 tsp salt

Accompaniments
Warm corn tortillas
Sour cream
Salsa or freshly made pico de gallo
Queso fresco (Mexican-style fresh cheese)
Fresh cilantro sprigs
Lime wedges

To prepare the pork, mix the chili powder, coriander seed and salt in a large, shallow bowl. Roll the pork in the mixture, taking up all the seasoning.

Put the pork in a slow-cooker, add the remaining ingredients and set the cooker on high. Let cook for 8 hours—or up to 10 hours if you’re still at work!

When ready to serve, mix the escabeche ingredients well then place in a serving dish. Shred the pork and place in a large serving bowl with some of the cooking liquid.

Serve the pork with the escabeche and accompaniments. Diners build their own “soft tacos,” then squeeze lime juice over the filling before folding.

Chef’s Note: To heat tortillas, place them, one by one, on a dry skillet over medium-high heat and turn frequently. As they are heated, slip them between the folds of a clean dish towel or cloth napkin. Wrap the towel in foil (or put into a small casserole dish and cover) to steam in their own heat and moisture. Or, microwave the tortillas very briefly and put into a napkin as above. Or, wrap several tortillas in a foil packet and steam them in a steamer until just heated through; use directly from the foil or wrap in a towel as described above.

Recipe from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table, Chronicle Books, San Francisco. Copyright © 2006 by Kathy Casey.

Posted by Kathy Casey on November 10th, 2011  |  Add Comment |  Posted in KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, meats, other

Gather ‘Round – At the Kitchen Table with Chef Greg Atkinson!

Some writers have the uncanny ability to imbue their written words with their own voice. My good friend Greg Atkinson is one such writer. His words, penned or spoken, are thoughtful – measured and weighed as carefully as if he were crafting a recipe. And as the very best writers do, Greg’s words evoke powerful sense memories. His newest book, At the Kitchen Table: The Craft of Cooking at Home, is full of deeply personal stories that invite the reader to relate and connect with him. His essay on borscht calls to mind immediately my grandmother’s kitchen; I can smell the earthy beets and the simmering broth as if I were at her kitchen table awaiting a piping bowl.

Continue reading on Amazon’s Al Dente Blog.

Posted by Kathy Casey on October 18th, 2011  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Restaurants, Amazon, Books to Cook, Foodie News, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes, meats, soups
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